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8 > Image 8 of Kentucky Alumnus, 1990, no. 4

Part of Kentucky alumnus

'l 1 { 1. si l' Ei KENTUCKIAN i KF THE HELM - h * By Liz Howard l I E 1 s ll III ical for the president ofa major univer- i 1 e op my sity. . .yet no one quibbles with his ad- n I . . . . ` , , mmistrative experience. The fact that 5 1 hs'. wl" be Push the interim president was also a candi- I i late for the ermanent ost created ~ y ( P P _ g 1 wah"` seglnenlls * controversi durin the selection ro- i y I S P . _ I , , , cess. But, the criticism was seldom di- I \ unlverslliy *r uns l rected at Wethington personally. , That ma i be because his vision for u I 1; one unlverslly concept the Universiti of Kentuck * is not new j _ _ > y 9 { but his style of making that vision a re- A ''"""g "" 1 harles T Wethin i l' V ill .. . gton 11. seems a ity may be. - only crowd et 1 ( _ ` _ _ __ _ _ 5; media, hwny and y to have been destined to be My vision, says Wethmgton, is one y students listened y president of the University of that I believe is shared by most of the l";":IY;::L';; 1 Kentucky. IIe knows the institution y people who are supportive of this Uni- I Board M n.us,s from nearly every perspective. He has r versity. We want to see a Ll1]1Vl`S1{y[1'l3I1S ~ Foster Iermn been a student and an instructor. He nationall ireco nized for its excellence , I S ";:;"':;; ::1 directed the establishment of one of for the quality of its teaching, its re- I s n n I , . . . . Search ummm UK s early community colleges. As search, its service and its graduates. I cer- tees recemnten- 1 chancellor of that portion of the UK tainly believe that this is a vision which dv;::I;;I:h:;.$I;:"I:; , System, he`s been a major player in the is appropriate for this institution and . n_md1'.sN;n,_ 1 cabinet for the whole system. In a pres- one which I truly believe is obtainable." A _ Dr. wethlngten f idential search concluded in 1987, he As X/Vethington continues his com- ` Judy ::;?;2: K finished number two. However, newly ments, the highway markings along his , ` grdlulaucns hom y appointed president David Roselle en- ` different road become evident. Ockernmn. Assocl- I larged \Nlllll1g[()IIiS responsibilities by As a part of that vision, as we move ~ - I . . ~ . . . . , "' "I '"I' 1 adding the duties of vice president for f toward becommg a nationally recog- j L dent ter planning ~ , , _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _,*- _ _ 1 and budge, hun L}lll\'l`S1[}' relations to his title. Then, W mzed university, he adds with convic- 5 NlcCuIey, vlce two years later, Wethington found him- tion in his voice, "1 want us to be a uni- g :;:;'I::r'::::': I self working confidently as interim 1 versity that is recognized in our own Ed Cane,. consul, y president. Finally. in September 1990, \ state as well for the quality of what we President I after another nine-month long, nation- R do for our teaching, research and , w"'l"9'" " al yresidential search, Wethin ton was ` articularlv our service. I think this in- the Unlverslty , ,_ , g 1 p_ _ { _ _ _ _ budge, and y named LK s l()th president. 1 stitution is unique with its statewide strategic plan. Many would call his credentials atyp- mission in being able to provide service li 1{eutuekx .\Iuuuius vyimcl. 1990 Wil]